OYB February 26

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Leviticus 19, Leviticus 20:1-21
NT: Mark 8:11-38
Ps: Psalm 42
Pr: Proverbs 10:17

Today´s notable verses:

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37 Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

Mark 8:34-37 (NIV)

I am reminded of the words of Jim Elliott, one of the Christian martyrs portrayed in the recent movie End of the Spear, who said:

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.

Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.

Psalm 42:7 (NIV)

This verse reminds me of the Pacific Ocean surf at Roca Blanca. The size of the waves and breakers literally swept over us (you can get an idea of the scale in this picture. Notice the size of the breakers compared with my friend, who is about to have the wave sweep over him):

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Pacific Ocean surf at Roca Blanca Mission Base, Cacalote, Oaxaca, Mexico
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

The One Year Bible Blog asks:

Comments from You & Question of the Day - Based on Proverbs 10:17 today, do you accept correction in your life? Do you accept correction from God? Do you accept correction from others in your life? Do you think that if you don't accept correction in your life that you will lead others astray? Can you think of an instance in your life where you ignored correction and it ended up being bad for not only you, but others around you? Can you think of an instance in your life where you heeded correction and it ended up being good for not only you, but others around you?

I apologize. I know the "thought of the day" regards the Proverbs verse, but I am so overcome reading about Jim Elliott that everything else pales in comparison right now. Anyone who knows me, and knows my passion for mission work - especially to Mexico and Latin America - would understand.